Dr Mona Sakr is Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood with a special interest in children's art-making, play and pedagogy. She joined Middlesex in 2014 from the Institute of Education, where she was a Research Officer on a project looking at embodiment in digital learning environments. She earned her PhD in Education and Psychology from Oxford Brookes University, with a thesis which focused on children's digital art-making practices and the integration of digital art-making into the early years classroom.
Mona teaches on the following undergraduate modules on BA Education Studies and BA Early Childhood Studies:
Mona also supports doctoral research methods training, which is delivered through the Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS).
Doctoral candidates wishing to do research in the following areas are particularly welcome to contact Mona:
Sakr, M. (forthcoming) Digital Technologies in Early Childhood Art: Enabling Playful Experiences. London: Bloomsbury.
Sakr, M., Connelly, V. & Wild, M. (in press) Imitative or Iconoclastic? How young children use ready-made images in digital art. International Journal of Art and Design Education.
Sakr, M., Connelly, V. & Wild, M. (2015) Narrative in young children's digital art-making. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. http://ecl.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/03/30/1468798415577873.abstract
Kucirkova, N. & Sakr, M. (2015) Child-father creative text-making at home with crayons, iPad, collage & PC. Thinking Skills and Creativity. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1871187115300109
Sakr, M., Connelly, V. & Wild, M. (in press) 'Evil cats' and 'jelly floods': Young children's collective constructions of digital art-making. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
Sakr, M., Jewitt, C. & Price, S. (in press) Mobile experiences of historical place: A multimodal analysis of emotional engagement. Journal of the Learning Sciences.
Price, S. Jewitt, C. & Sakr, M. (in press) Exploring whole body interaction and design for museums. Interacting with Computers. http://iwc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/09/25/iwc.iwv032.short
Sakr, M., Price, S. & Jewitt, C. (2014) The semiotic work of the hands in scientific inquiry. Classroom Discourse, 4 (2).
Sakr, M. (2012) 'Wrighting' the self: new technologies and textual subjectivities. Learning, Media and Technology. 37 (1), 119-123.
Sakr, M., Connelly, V. & Wild, M. (2015) The semiotic work of teachers' writing in displays of young children's drawings. In A. Archer & E. Breuer (Eds.) Multimodality in Writing: The state of the art in theory, methodology and pedagogy. Bingley: Emerald.
Sakr, M. & Kucirkova, N. (2015) Making the 'here' and 'now': Rethinking children's digital photography with Deleuzian concepts. In A. Hackett, L. Proctor & J. Seymour (Eds.) Children's Spatialities: Embodiment, emotions and agency. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Sakr, M. (forthcoming) Which comes first: the story or the text? How digital affordances challenge us to re-think children's construction of narrative during art-making. In S. Garvis & N. Pramling (Eds.) Narrative in Early Childhood Education: Communication, sense-making and lived experience. London: Routledge.
Selected conference presentations
Sakr, M. (2015) Exploring and extending practitioner responses to young children's art-making. British Educational Research Association Conference, Belfast, September 2015.
Elwick, Alex and Osgood, Jayne and Robertson, Leena Helavaara and Sakr, Mona and Wilson, Dilys (2017) In pursuit of quality: early childhood qualifications and training policy. Journal of Education Policy . ISSN 0268-0939 (Published online first)
Osgood, Jayne and Elwick, Alex and Robertson, Leena Helavaara and Sakr, Mona and Wilson, Dilys (2017) Early Years Training and Qualifications in England: Issues for policy and practice. Discussion Paper. TACTYC.
Osgood, Jayne and Elwick, Alex and Robertson, Leena Helavaara and Sakr, Mona and Wilson, Dilys (2017) Early Years Teacher and Early Years Educator: a scoping study of the impact, experiences and associated issues of recent early years qualifications and training in England. Project Report. TACTYC.
Osgood, Jayne and Sakr, Mona and De Rijke, Victoria (2017) Dark play in digital playscapes. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 18 (2). pp. 109-113. ISSN 1463-9491
Price, Sara and Sakr, Mona and Jewitt, Carey (2016) Exploring whole body interaction and design for museums. Interacting with Computers, 28 (5). pp. 569-583. ISSN 0953-5438 (Published online first)